Professor Miles Taylor will give a lecture on Keele’s founding myths on 08 March 2017 at 6pm in the SENIOR COMMON ROOM, KEELE HALL
Founded in 1949 as the University College of North Staffordshire, Keele University has long enjoyed a reputation as a pioneer, an influential experiment that paved the way for the famous ‘plate-glass’ universities of the 1960s. With its residential campus, four-year degree and introductory foundation course, Keele broke the mould of teaching conventions and loosened the hold of the older universities. And yet there were as many differences as similarities between Keele and what followed at Sussex, York, East Anglia and the other new campuses of the 1960s. Keele’s evolution was rooted in the hopes and fears of the aftermath of the Second World War, and not the swinging 60s.
This lecture offers a fresh look at the life, times and personalities of Keele in the 1950s and early 1960s, confirming some of the University’s founding myths, but dispelling others, and recovering a series of lost stories that properly belong in our historical
understanding of the ‘Keele experiment’.
Miles Taylor is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele and the holder of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. Since 2004 he has been Professor of Modern History at the University of York. Between 2008 and 2014 he was seconded to the University of London as Director of the Institute of Historical Research. A specialist on Victorian Britain, he is currently co-editing a book entitled The utopian universities: the new campuses of the 1960s, from which this lecture is drawn.
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